Crystal Palace make the short trip to the London Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday as they visit in-form West Ham United.
The Hammers are currently 6th in the top flight standings after 12 games, something which even the most optimistic West Ham fan might have been surprised at considering the club’s flirt with the drop last season.
With 20 points so far, David Moyes’ side are halfway to the ‘magic 40 point mark’ so often touted as the tally tantamount to Premier League survival.
But the Hammers may have more lofty ambitions than that, considering their recent form and the current make-up of the table.
Victory over Leeds United on Friday means West Ham have had two days extra rest than their opponents Crystal Palace, who are themselves riding a wave of confidence after a strong performance against league leaders Tottenham on Sunday which yielded a point.
Although there is three points difference between the sides heading in to Wednesday’s game, Palace may be looking up at the Europa League mix this season rather than over their shoulders.
Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has picked the same starting eleven twice in a row and may do the same at the London Stadium following the impressive display against Spurs.
However, Tyrick Mitchell may return to the fold if he can recover from a bout of illness which caused him to miss Palace’s last game.
Mahmadou Sakho is a major doubt for Hodgson though, and will undertake a late fitness test to determine his availability.
West Ham have one of the freshest squads in the Premier League right now, with only injury-prone Michail Antonio and Arthur Masuaku absentees – Masuaku is having surgery to correct a niggling knee issue which he says has been bothering him for two years.
West Ham v Crystal Palace is an 8pm kick off on Wednesday 16th December.